Hello, this is my first post here so I'm hoping that I have put this in the correct place. Just about everything I know and understand about WW2 comes from books, movies and documentaries. I have also spent many a happy hour exploring museums and old WW2 ruins not to mention a few hours in the archives but here's the thing, Some of the best information that I have gained comes directly from source, namely, the people that were there. Having read through a lot of the brilliant and interesting forums here, I was reminded of an unusual meeting that I had with an old farmer. I was working on a construction site in a field in the middle of nowhere when this old chap approached me, I asked him what he was doing walking in the middle of the site when there were so many heavy plant vehicles moving about. He explained to me that he used to own the field that we were working in but he had to sell it to make ends meet. To cut a long story short, he started to reminisce about the time a lone German bomber crashed into the very field that we were working on, he pointed to a row of trees by the roadside and said, 'they are a lot taller now but that Jerry bomber was just above them, it was being chased by a Spitfire', you should have seen it, 'he said', 'it was on fire but that Spit pilot was letting him have it, all guns were blazing' he then went into detail about how the bomber clipped the last tree and smashed into the field whilst taking out a part of his barn'. I appreciate that its not the most exciting story but for me it felt like I was reliving that moment with him, I could have sat and listen to him all day, he remembered D-Day and he recalled watching massive formations of British and American aircraft flying overhead, he described the arrival of the first American troops and the hard times that he and his neighbours endured due to rationing, listening to him was far better than reading a book or watching a documentary. Apologies for the long post but I was really trying to make the point that we should all value the people that lived through that terrible time, for me personally, their experiences are more valuable than anything that I could gain from a book. Does anyone else have a similar story, I would really like to read about your experiences of chatting with the people that were there. Many Thanks in advance. Waterloo.